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French Friday

Currently touring: Provence, France

French Friday: Provence

Thyme-Rosemary-Lemon Oil

The combination of thyme, rosemary and lemon zest, compliment all roasted or steamed vegetables. Here we have a quick and easy recipe to add extra flavour to a meal before cooking. This infused oil can be used for adding to any vegetables before roasting, and to steamed vegetables just before serving.

French Concorde Celebration Cake

This cake was created by a French chef (Gaston Lenotre) in 1969 to celebrate the inaugural flight of the Concorde. Although this looks as if it would be a complicated recipe, it is really very simple to make. A beautiful cake used to celebrate many special occasions.

Pumpkin with Roasted Walnuts and Blue Cheese

A flavoursome side dish which presents beautifully and tastes superb.

For those who don’t like blue cheeses, maybe a fetta can be used instead. This is so simple to make and can be eaten either warm (which is my preference) or cold, if you must make it earlier.

Caramel Croquembouche

This is a complex French dessert which was invented as a Wedding cake in the 1700’s. This dessert is made by using profiteroles (choux pastry), and stacked into a high conical-shaped structure. Very often they are bound with toffee to hold the shape of the tower, and then a fine drizzling of toffee to decorate. In this recipe I used caramel sauce to bind the choux, and the same sauce to drizzle over the tower as well.

The profiteroles are filled with either cream, custard, pastry cream or any filling of your choice.

You can use your imagination to decorate the tower with fresh fruit, nuts and edible flowers.

Rosace a l’orange

The unique presentation of this impressive stained glass orange cake also has extraordinary flavours.

Although the recipe may look daunting, it is basically an upside down orange cake with two layers of sponge sandwiching a pastry cream. It must be made at least a day before serving because it needs time for flavours to fully develop.

Provencal Style Savoury Gateau

Breakfast, brunch or lunch! The omelette is one of the most fundamental dishes you can make, and by just adding a few different ingredients to it, you can create this savoury gateau which doesn’t only taste good, but looks elegant as well.

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